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Two Housing Rules of Thumb That Can Get You into Trouble

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr We still hear two housing industry rules of thumb that make us cringe: 5% is still a great mortgage rate. Anything less than 6 months of supply is healthy. First of all, the mortgage payment is what matters, …

The Rise and Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Industry

  Consulting leader Dean Wehrli volunteered to host our new podcast. You never know what to expect from Dean. Click here to subscribe to future episodes. For episode 2 of our New Home Insights Podcast, Dean talks with Rick Palacios …

Single-Family Rental Industry Act 2: Build-to-Rent Taking Center Stage

The single-family rental (SFR) space has quickly quieted skeptics and scaled into an institutional asset class. Build-to-rent (B2R) is now playing an emerging role in the industry’s evolution. In less than a decade, Progress Residential, Tricon American Homes, Front Yard …

Wrong Again—New Home Sales Actually Rose in January

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr I suppose we should thank the Census Bureau for publishing incorrect conclusions and footnoting a 19%+/- margin of error. However, it gives our clients heartburn. Our clients pay us to be right—not to be overly bullish or bearish. …

Rising Rates Should Have Minimal Impact on Housing

Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Mortgage rates have risen 1.0% or more ten times in the last 43 years, with little impact on home sales and prices when the economy was also strong. Here is the paper we shared with our clients a …

5 Haunting Housing Charts

We publish thousands (yes, thousands) of housing-related charts monthly. On the bright side, most of these charts signal continued growth for housing and the overall economy. However, some charts are a bit frightening. In honor of Halloween, here are our …

8 Big Housing Changes Thanks to Driverless Cars

The combination of widespread ride-sharing and self-driving cars will reshape housing in 8 significant ways: Prime real estate will be unlocked for new home construction (parking lots, auto dealerships, gas stations). Outlying drive-until-you-qualify housing markets will eventually reemerge once the …

Permanent Tech Disruptions to Home Sales

rpalacios@realestateconsulting.com | (949) 870-1244 Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Technology has permanently taken two months off the time required to sell a home. New real estate technologies empower: A new group of highly informed, quick-close, all-cash buyers Very informed homeowners who are increasingly …

Housing’s Got a Spring in Its Step This Year

Three months into 2017, it is clear to us that home builders have started the year off on a much better foot than 2016. Based on our monthly survey of over 300 home builders across the country, new home sales …

Our 2016 Track Record

rpalacios@realestateconsulting.com | (949) 870-1244 Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Click here to watch our video recap of our 2016 forecasts   With a lot of insight from our clients and survey participants who build and finance a large percentage of the homes built …